Drug & Alcohol Detox Program

The Importance of Interventions

When you or a loved one has reached the point where substance abuse has taken control of every aspect of life, personal survival solely rests upon the ability to conquer the disease of addiction by removing the ill-habit through drug detox.

Those struggling with chemical dependency fare better when receiving the benefits of a drug detox program tailored to their needs. While larger, institutionalized facilities risk missing the nuances that make detoxing personal, Bright Future Recovery offers specialized programs and medical detox to ensure a truly individual and comprehensive detox.

Doing all we can to create a safe, comfortable and nurturing environment during drug detox helps minimize the impact of detox withdrawals and its associated symptoms. To align with this approach, our detox center sits on a gorgeous acre in Hollister, CA, surrounded by green hills. Having a home-like environment during drug detox is crucial for healing the mind, body and spirit. Statistics have shown that people who receive medical treatment in a residential-like setting heal faster.

When the time comes and you’re ready to start the first part of addiction treatment, drug detox, it is essential you do not approach the situation alone. Consider working with an experienced interventionist who knows how to assist in setting up the initial conversation between loved ones who need to address drug addiction or alcoholism and accept the invitation to begin drug detox. At the Bright Future Recovery detox center, our medical professionals help navigate through the physical and emotional challenges of clearing the damaging effects of substance abuse and regenerating body and brain balance.

Effective Drug Detox Timeline

Every individual experiences alcoholism and drug addiction differently, and these differences truly make the drug detox experience unique.

As with anything else in the treatment and recovery process, the time needed to complete drug and alcohol medical detox differs, depending on the individual.

Drug withdrawal symptoms and length of treatment depend on the substance of choice used, the typical dosage used, frequency of use, as well as the duration of use. In addition, the type of ancillary services needed during drug detox is recommended based on the findings of an initial medical assessment that uncovers one’s overall state of health.

In general, most individuals receive treatment at our detox center for 7 to 10 days, though some warrant longer stays. Regardless of how long your stay, we are confident you will find our beautiful home and breathtaking property a soothing component of the alcohol or drug detox process. Removal from the stresses of everyday life while surrounded by the beauty of nature amongst the California countryside has proven beneficial for many.

What to Expect from Drug Detox

The process of recovery begins with medical detox and treatment at our home.

However, in order to begin drug detox, a personal admission that you are experiencing a problem with substance abuse must come first. To truly make a change for the better, you must have the desire to move towards a future without the cloud of drug or alcohol use hanging over you. Once you’ve made the decision to seek and accept treatment, you’ll experience medication assisted detox in a home-like setting at our drug detox.

Depending on the drug addiction, individuals may experience the following detox withdrawal symptoms:

  • Delirium tremens
  • Shakiness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Anxiety
  • Dizziness, and more

Is it time for Detox?

If your level of substance use has become so dire that you are seriously considering professional rehabilitation, then you should certainly plan for detox treatment as part of your recovery journey.

Detox will help flush all of the toxins and substances out of your system so your body can truly begin to heal. As you’ve been reading, withdrawal is an arduous process, and undergoing professional treatment during this time can alleviate many of those symptoms.

Additionally, medical detox removes the risk of dying during the withdrawal process, which sometimes happens in cases where people are addicted to alcohol, benzodiazepines, opioids or stimulants.

For people with full-blown chemical dependencies, attempting to self-detox at home is inadvisable: The minimum risk is relapse; the biggest risk is death.

What is Detox?

When a person abstains from consuming a drug of choice or alcohol in an attempt to rid their body completely of that substance, this is the process of detox.

A drug detox refers to a procedure in which the client tapers off the drug or alcohol addicted to until it is no longer in the system.

Substance abuse not only alters the mind of a person but also leads to a physical tolerance that can be dangerous if not monitored and handled correctly. Our recovery prep program offers clients a warm, comfortable setting to get through alcohol and drug detox safely.

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What is Substance Withdrawal?

When one who is addicted to substances stops taking them, they will experience withdrawal symptoms – both physically and psychologically.

Physical withdrawals of drugs and/or alcohol can be overwhelming and very uncomfortable for the addict. These symptoms differ depending on the substance, and have the potential to be lethal if not properly supervised by addiction professionals.

Will Detox Be Painful?

Detoxing from a substance and experiencing withdrawal symptoms can be difficult, and the methods one uses to detox may be a strong factor in what symptoms you experience.

Bright Recovery Future will take all measures possible to ensure that any pain experienced will be as minimal as possible, and will discuss with you any recommended pain management techniques to help.

Effects of Alcoholism and Detox

Once alcohol reaches the brain, it has an immediate intoxicating effect.

The drinker loses personal inhibitions as blood alcohol levels rise, so much so, that consciousness can be lost, also referred to as blackout. Once the need for alcohol consumption has escalated, the next drink becomes the primary source of mental focus—putting every other aspect of livelihood at risk.

Symptoms of alcoholism include slurred speech, incoordination, loss of control in bodily movements, memory loss, respiratory depression, coma, liver failure, esophageal varices (bleeding from the esophagus), and death.

Malnutrition is a big factor in alcoholism due to a decrease in nutrient intake. A person suffering with alcohol use disorder will choose drinking over food, known as primary malnutrition. Digestion impairment and malabsorption of nutrients cause secondary malnutrition. Eventually, tertiary malnutrition results, inhibiting the ability to convert nutrients (including vitamins A, B, D, E, K) and fat absorption, adversely affecting brain and body system health.

Delirium tremens usually appears 48 to 72 hours after the last intake of alcohol. DTs commonly seen in clients who have withdrawal seizures, acute mental illness, liver failure and older age.

Symptoms include:

  • Confusiom
  • Severe anxiety
  • Hallucinations
  • Profuse sweating
  • Seizures
  • High blood pressure
  • Racing and irregular heartbeat
  • Severe tremors
  • Low-grade fever

Alcohol detox can begin as early as two hours after the last drink and require up to a two-week stay. Alcohol detox symptoms can range from mild anxiety and shakiness to severe complications, such as seizures and delirium tremens (DTs).

Common detox withdrawal symptoms include shaky hands, sweating, mild anxiety, nausea, vomiting, headaches and insomnia.

Once drinking intake has stopped, some clients may experience visual, auditory, or tactile hallucinations within the first 12 to 24 hours and usually end by 48 hours. However, alcohol detox isn’t a completely predictable process which is why it’s important to engage in medically-supervised detox, as there is a very high mortality rate.

Withdrawal seizure disorders are more common in those clients who already have a preexisting seizure disorder. The seizures usually can be seen within 24 and 48 hours after the last drink. The risk level goes up for those clients who have gone through multiple detoxifications which can be common as alcoholism is a recurring disease.

Opiate/Opioid Detox

Opioids are drugs that are used to treat pain. Examples of opioids are codeine, heroin, hydrocodone (Vicodin), hydromorphone (Dilaudid), methadone, demerol, morphine, and oxycodone (Percocet, OxyContin).

Symptoms from detox usually start within 12 hours of last use, which can include agitation, anxiety, muscle aches, insomnia, runny nose, sweating and yawning.

Late symptoms include abdominal cramping, diarrhea, dilated pupils, goose bumps, nausea and vomiting.

We have a 7 to 10 day detox program. Medications are given on a taper system, and dosage is determined by a licensed physician. The length of detox is determined upon by appointment.

Medications that may be given include:

  • Methadone – Strictly used to detox heavy methadone use. The dose is slowly decreased until the client no longer needs the medication.
  • Hydroxyzine – Helps reduce anxiety symptoms.
  • Subutex – Used to reduce anxiety, agitation, muscle aches, sweating, runny nose, yawning and cramping.
  • Ambien – Short-term use to aid with sleep during detox.

We also encourage taking Epsom salt baths to help aid in muscle relaxation. Melatonin and valerian root may be given to help the client sleep.

CNS Drug Detox

CNS stimulant drugs include amphetamines (such as ecstasy), bath salts and cocaine. These drugs increase activity in the brain heightening energy and alertness.

As an individual takes the stimulant drug for a long period of time, the brain becomes dependent on the drug to regulate cognitive function and focus.

Symptoms of stimulant drug withdrawal include palpitations, feeling of impending doom, tachycardia (high heart rate), hypertension (high blood pressure), irregular heartbeat, heart attacks, agitation, combativeness, confusion, hallucinations, paranoia, aggression and suicide attempts.

As the drug wears off, signs of depression, exhaustion, irritability and sleeplessness set in.

We have a 7 to 10 day detox for stimulants. The detox process may last several hours to several days.

  • On Days 1-3, the client will start to crave the drug and have trouble sleeping. Heavy users may start to experience hallucinations, paranoia and panic.
  • On Days 4-10, withdrawal symptoms start to decrease however the cravings increase. Extreme fatigue and severe depression may start to become present.
  • On Days 11-17, symptoms begin to lessen.

Please note that depression may last days to months once detox is complete.

Other meds that may be given include, but are not limited to:

  • Anti-seizure – Diazepam
  • Antidepressants – per MD recommendations
  • Antianxiety – Lorazepam
  • Blood pressure – Clonidine

Vital signs will be closely monitored, as detox from stimulants is best under the supervision of detox professionals. A taper method using Suboxone may be used to help lessen the withdrawal symptoms as recommended by a medical physician.

Sedative Detox

Sedatives depress or slow down the central nervous system. Examples include barbiturates, benzodiazepines (such as diazepam), hypnotics and sleeping aids.

The signs of sedative withdrawals include: restlessness, muscle shaking, excessive sweating, nausea, vomiting, insomnia, depression and anxiety. In some cases, the user experiences hallucinations, delirium and potentially fatal seizures.

Detoxing length can vary depending on the drug being taken, as each one has a different half-life (the time is takes to leave the body). Some symptoms may begin at about 7 days and can last as long as a month or longer.

The client will meet with the MD to determine the medication used and the dosage for tapering.

We plan to keep the client as safe as possible during this time. All medications prescribed are through a licensed physician and are closely monitored by a Registered Nurse.

The safest way to detox off sedatives is to taper the client gradually. It gives the body a chance to adjust to the lower levels present in the system and decreases the risk of complications (namely, seizures) that may be brought on by going “cold turkey”.

Life After Treatment at Our Detox Center

Once the physical and emotional effects of drug detox have subsided, it is time to begin the road to recovery. First, however, it is essential to address which unique emotional and behavioral aspects contributed to the development of your addiction.

Before beginning other treatment, our trained staff will perform a comprehensive evaluation of your overall health, which may have changed during your recent detox experience. In addition, we will perform a personalized assessment of any familial or environmental components to your addiction. The information gathered will provide valuable insights into your treatment program moving forward.

Further, it is common for individuals suffering with addiction to experience coexisting conditions such as depression, anxiety, or bipolar disorder. Our professional addiction rehab staff has experience in treating these kinds of coexisting disorders alongside alcohol or drug treatment to ensure that we identify and manage all parts of your emotional and psychological well-being. We will work diligently to craft a treatment program that addresses your unique needs.